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Gwinnett resident to participate in Tournament of Roses Parade

Peachtree Corners resident Amy Tippins, right, poses with her organ donor’s sister, Jo West, holding a floragraph of her donor, Mike Jones. (Special Photo)

Peachtree Corners resident Amy Tippins, right, poses with her organ donor’s sister, Jo West, holding a floragraph of her donor, Mike Jones. (Special Photo)

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A Gwinnett resident will be riding on a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade along with a floragraph of her organ donor, Mike Jones. (Special Photo)

Twenty years after a life-saving liver transplant, Peachtree Corners resident Amy Tippins was able to meet the family of Mike James, the man who gave her a second chance.

On New Year’s Day, Tippins, founder and CEO of RockScar Designs, a high-end clothing company that makes products to help women embrace their scars, will participate in the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade with other organ donor recipients. Tippins will be riding on the float sponsored by One Legacy, an organ procurement organization out of California.

“It’s such a huge honor and it really, it’s a very private and beautiful and painful thing all combined because recipients are here celebrating the gift of life and donor families are here celebrating the life of their family members.”

There will be also be a floragraph of Mike Jones’ image composed entirely of flowers and other organic materials on the float. The floragraph was completed by both Tippins and Jo West, Mike Jones’ sister, during a recent event at the Georgia Capitol.

Tippins is sponsored on the float by the Order of St. Lazarus, a 900-year-old organization dedicated to supporting causes such as organ donation.

“It’s the greatest representation all of over the world of organ donation, organ, tissue and bone donation,” Tippins said of the float. “It’s an amazing example to show what life is possible and what lives can be saved and impacted.”